WCCC participated in the 2011 Girls Empowerment Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) held recently in Ha’apai. Community Education Trainer, Lesila To’ia conducted a presentation on the Centre to the 3 girls and camp counselors. “It was really encouraging and inspiring for me to see this group of young girls eager to hear about the centre. They asked lots of questions about the various forms of abuse, and how the centre deals with these survivors.”
One of the participants said “I am thankful that there is a place you can turn to for support and help if you come through or experience these types of violence and it is a pity that the centre is at Tongatapu only, but with your 24 hours phone services I know for sure we can pick up the phone and call your centre. Thank you for the empowerment of these women and children who have struggled and suffered a lot.”
The young girls were surprised when talking about sexual harassment, for most of them admit that it is common at school, while boys see it as a kind of joke. One girl mentioned that it was an eye opener for them to learn that sexual harassment is a crime for they usually see it as normal.
The girls were really enjoying the session and wanted to learn more about the centre. They were happy to know about the network with various stakeholders especially the Ministry of Police (Domestic Violence Unit) in trying to address the issues of abuse and violence. They were also interested to hear about the team of male advocates who promote women’s human rights and to the role that men and boys can play in stopping violence against women and children.
WCCC extends its gratitude to the Camp GLOW organizers, who were the Ministry of Training, Education, Youth and Sports in conjunction with the Peace Corps. “The camp plays an important space for girls to be reminded that they are our Kingdom’s future” said To’ia.